EE 3381: Microprocessors

EE 3381 (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Professor Joseph Camp
Email: "camp" AT ""
Phone: 214-768-8541 Fax: 214-768-3573
Office location: 340 Junkins Building, SMU campus
Office hours: MW 10:30am-noon or by appointment

Time/Place: 12:30-1:50pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Junkins 112
EE 3181 Lab Times: Mondays 2-4:50pm and 5-7:50pm in Junkins 215

Course Description: An introduction to microprocessors and microcomputers. A widely-used family of microprocessors are used to introduce architecture, software, and interfacing concepts. Topics include number systems and arithmetic operations for computers, assembly and C language programming, microprocessor organization and operation, memory and I/O port interfacing, and microprocessor based controller design. Students will write, assemble, and execute microprocessor programs designed for various applications.

Prerequisite: C- or better in EE 2381.

Corequisite: EE 3181.



Both midterms are in-class exams and must be completed independently. The SMU Honor Code will be strictly enforced.

Required Textbooks:
William Hohl, ARM Assembly Language Fundamentals and Concepts, CRC Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4398-0610-4.

Other References:
Steve Furber, ARM system-on-chip architecture, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-67519-6.

Course Contents:

Disability Accommodations: Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Students may call 214-768-1470 or visit to begin the process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.

Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)

Students enrolled in EE 3381 will be evaluated on the following ABET Learning Outcomes:
C - An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
K - An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice